Designing Transport for Growth: Melbourne Metro & Beyond

Neil Stonell
Grimshaw Architects, Melbourne

Australia’s largest cities, like many global cities, are facing rapid population growth. As such, effective public transport systems are essential when considering the demands that are, and will be, placed on aging networks. Metro rail offers an efficient, reliable solution, with the ability to move significant numbers of people very quickly. Metro stations also act as catalysts for future growth, offering a minimal footprint with maximum effect. Integrating metro stations into an existing city fabric, as other cities have done in a myriad of ways, must be a key early design consideration to reap the benefits that such infrastructure offers.

Delivering world-class transport and public realm outcomes within constrained environments requires a thorough appreciation of the local context, all while balancing the need for clear line-wide identity. To deliver a successful, distinctive design solution, it’s imperative to understand global precedents, past learning, and technological opportunities for the future.

Australian cities are investing in their rail systems at an unprecedented rate, offering a once-in-a-generation opportunity for value capture, urban integration, and renewal. The potential for social and commercial opportunities may also be maximized by concentrating new development around transport hubs such as Melbourne Metro. This presentation demonstrated how Melbourne Metro will support the future growth of the city, and how the city can link the metro with other rail upgrades to best support its exponential growth.

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